“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
The thought behind the expression, “inconvenient truth,” is that truth can be conflictual to our desires and plans to the point of stirring up feelings of discomfort. Regardless of how we feel, it is still the truth.
An inconvenient truth to an impatient teenager seeking freedom is that until they reach a certain age, they cannot legally drive a car. For an aging adult, the inconvenient truth is that their body may no longer have the strength to accomplish what it once did. The mind can make commitments that the body cannot keep!
Spiritually we can also grapple with some inconvenient truth issues. Throughout the Bible, a principle that seems to be consistently communicated is that people who follow God’s wisdom will experience his blessings. As suggested in the verses today, their lives will stand against the storms of this life.
I recently heard someone expressing anger toward God because they were charged with a DUI for drinking and driving. They commented in anger, “Couldn’t God have given me a break?” God says, “Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path” (Ephesians 5:18 TLB). Here’s another way to think about it — is the policeman at fault for ticketing someone for breaking the law?
God gives us his commands for two positive reasons — to protect us and provide for us. He loves us! The inconvenient truth is that God is not at fault when we disregard his wisdom.
Dear Father, I know you are good and you do love me. I want to trust you, and do what you ask. Please give me the strength to resist temptation. I want to apply your wisdom to my life and be like the person whose life is built on the rock. Amen.
By Mike Woodard
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